Univita expands telehealth programs
MIRAMAR, Fla. – Univita Health has expanded its Re-admission Reduction Solution and Hospital to Home programs in the Orlando metro area. The two programs use telehealth and specially trained nurses to reduce readmissions among high-risk patients with heart failure, COPD, diabetes and kidney disease, according to a release. The Re-Admission Reduction Solution resulted in an 81.8% reduction in readmissions for one health plan, according to a study. “We estimate that by avoiding these unnecessary re-admissions, the health plan in the study saved an estimated $54,000 annually per patient and, more importantly, helped their members stay out of the hospital and remain in the comfort of their own home while improving their outcomes and quality of life,” said Dr. Victor Valdes, executive vice president of clinical innovation at Univita.